Welcome to the Master's study

Department of Biology

Welcome to the Master's study


Welcome to an exciting and challenging study at Department of Biology at NTNU! We can offer you a great academic environment, and the staff will do their best to help you thrive and to provide you with the best qualifications for the future.

The research fields at the Department are varied, and include Aquaculture, Biotechnology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Ethology, Evolutionary Biology, General Ecology, Management of Natural Resources, Marine Biology, Physiology and Toxicology.

Interdisciplinary research is an important part of the activity at the Department, and this is shown through a close co-operation with other departments at NTNU, NINA, SINTEF and other national and international partners. Marine research is one of NTNU's 6 priority areas. Within the Department of Biology, molecular biology is also a strategic priority area.


The Master's study is composed of two parts

1. A written thesis of the project (Master's thesis). The extent of the assignment should correspond to a work load of 60 credits (one year)

2. An approved selection of courses, of at least a total of 60 credits, of which 30 credits must be courses at 3000-level (masterlevel) (UTF§14.1).


Anemone. Photo: Per Harald Olsen/NTNU

A Master's thesis at the Department of Biology can be directed towards basic research or applied research, both of which will give you an opportunity to go deeper into theories and methods found in the different fields.

The study will give you a solid foundation for working within the field after your education. Some of our students continue research both at NTNU or other universities all over the world, or at different types of research institutions. Others work for the Government or the local authorities as administrators or executive officers. Non-governmental organisations such as Norwegian Society for the Concervation of Nature/Friends of the Earth Norway, WWF, Bellona or Greenpeace are also possible employers. Many choose different types of industries e.g. fish farming and development of natural products. Many of today´s positions of employment require a Master´s degree, and for research positions a PhD degree is required. In addition a lot of students from our Department become teachers helping younger generations to gain knowledge of natural sciences.

Common Introductory Course "How to do Science" for Master's students

Common Introductory Course "How to do Science" for Master's students

The introduction course "How to do Science" is mandatory for ALL master students at the Department of Biology.

The course gives an insight and preparation for the master's work, and is a part of the initialisation of the Master's degree. The course is given in August, week 34 and lasts for a week. NOTE! Register for the course once you know that you are accepted as a Master's student! This is done by sending an e-mail to studier@bio.ntnu.no.

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